Taylor Swift’s Two Versions of Copyright Protection

Taylor Swift is fiercely protective of the copyrights to her songs.  From where they stream online, to her battles with her former management over the rights and ownership of her first six albums, she’s been an advocate for copyright protection. Which makes this latest news about her more perplexing. Recently, Swift released a brand new…

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A rock concert of 1,000 performers

I haven’t had a great few days of late.  Maybe I’ll blog about the crises, maybe I won’t. But for now, I need some eyebleach.  Sonic eyebleach, to be more precise. And that sonic eyebleach comes from a very unlikely source. A rock concert. In 2019, organizers in Paris held a massive stadium concert that…

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I see your Lady A, and your other Lady A, and raise you a Lady A.

All right, everybody follow along. Once upon a time, there was a blues singer named Anita White, who for the past twenty years has fronted her own blues band, and has performed on stage under the name “Lady A.” Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, a country trio who called themselves Lady Antebellum……

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So Chuck’s return to radio … it’s really happening.

Background.  During the current COVID-19 pandemic, my alma mater, Hamilton College, essentially shut down its physical campus.  Students were taught via teleconference, and Hamilton’s usual extracurricular activities were culled for the year. All except one.  The college radio station, WHCL, continued to operate.  And that’s mostly because it was able to have a combination of…

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How the Cowsills almost became the Partridge Family

At one point in time, you’ve probably heard the Cowsills on your oldies radio station.  They were a fresh-scrubbed, clean-cut family from Rhode Island who eventually broke through with a series of “sunshine pop” hits.  Of course you know one of their biggest songs, “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things,” don’t you? And you…

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That time Johnny Rotten called me a “stupid, filthy sod.”

I did one of those Facebook games the other day – the kind where you post three outlandish stories and challenge your FB friends to find the one that’s false. Well, here’s the story behind one of the “true” stories. It’s 1984, and as a college student, I spent most of my free time at…

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Ten acts that SHOULD be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame … but aren’t

Every year, the same old story.  Several singers, musicians and bands get nominated to enshrinement in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and we all kvetch and moan about why such didn’t get selected or why so-and-so DID.  This happens every year.  And we gripe and we grumble, and life goes on. This year,…

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So here’s a reason why you should learn about the Teskey Brothers …

My old bud from my college radio days, Jim McCaslin, forwarded me a website about an Australian rock band named the Teskey Brothers. Okay … interested … The Teskey Brothers were formed by brothers Sam and Josh Teskey in 2008, and they are a blues-rock group with several Oz hits.  They just recently won three…

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